Marcia Ann Clay was born on January 27, 1959 to Emily Ann Scott and William Clay Sr. At Women’s Medical Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.
Marcia received her education at a Philadelphia Catholic school and later transitioned to a Philadelphia public school during her high school years. Marcia grew up in the 12th and Poplar neighborhood with her parents and siblings where she sold newspapers with her brother Juney. Marcia then moved with her family to 12th and Allegheny where she met her life long friends which she referred to as her sisters, Lenny, Ada, Toot and Penny.
In her earlier years, Marcia worked as a teacher’s assistant at Mary McLeod Bethune School. She then would spend some years working as a home health aid along with her older sister Marketa. Marcia also worked at Einstein Hospital in Housekeeping. Cleaning was something that Marcia was particularly experienced in. She always kept a clean and organized home. You could always find her cleaning or straightening up even as she was entertaining friends and family in her home. Marcia was so proud that her youngest grandchild, Sabra also took up this trait. Marcia would always say “she’s clean just like me”
Marcia loved to listen to the oldies such as Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind and Fire and The Isley brothers. Marcia had a large collection of tapes, CD’s, albums and one or two eight tracks that she collected over the years. Marcia played the oldies so much that even her grands are familiar with her old school music.
Marcia loved to play games such as Sorry, Uno and Trouble with her grands. She also enjoyed laughing and telling stories to her children and grands about the good old days growing up on Popular street and Allegheny. Marcia would use such phrases as “unnnh uh”, “I know that’s right” or “you go girl!”
Marcia was a proud mother and grandmother. She had a special relationship with each one of her four grand children. She referred to Sade, her oldest grand as “Momma’s.” She would always mention how patient Sade was when shopping with her for hours when she was an toddler. Mir Mir would spend time with his grand mother, helping her with her electronics and or fixing other things around the home. Marcia would refer to Sincir as as “Lil Man.” He would in turn call her “Ma Ma Ma.” Marcia referred to Sabra as “Lil Momma”. Marcia was sure to always talk to the grands about GOD, respecting their parents and looking after each other.
Marcia enjoyed exercising. She would work out with her husband Carl at the gym several days a week. When she wasn’t able to make it to the gym she would walk around the park across the street from her home for several miles. Marcia would walk any where she could just to get a good work out.
Marcia became a member of Mt. Zion Church of Kensington in 2011 where she would meet and marry her husband Carl Sizer. Carl and Marcia were married on December 28, 2014.
Marcia leaves behind her siblings Marketa, Germaine and William Jr. who preceded her in death. Her two siblings Rosemary, Shawn (Paula) and sister in law Wanda. Her husband Carl. Two daughters, Tynesha and Theresa. Four Grand Children Sade, Tymir, Syncir and Sabra Lee and A host of nieces nephews as well as friends and church family.
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